The Four of Us

by  Itamar Moses

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m

What if all your dreams came true...for your best friend? Two writers and best friends chart their relationship after only one of them finds their desired success.


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The Four of Us

by  Itamar Moses

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Four of Us follows Ben, whose first novel vaults him into literary stardom, and his friend David, a struggling playwright, who is thrilled by Ben's success...and crushed by it. From the dreams of aspiring youth to the realities of adulthood, this poignant two-man comedy explores friendship and memory, the gap between our hopes and our lives, and the struggles between our egos and our capacity to love.

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Accolades

  • Winner! Outstanding New Play at 2008 San Diego Critics Circle Awards

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Four stars. An extremely clever and enjoyable study of friendship...funny, touching, and wickedly smart." - Time Out New York, Read More

"A clever comic drama with a nifty twist...a touching, appealing play." - The New York Times, Read More

"Structural acrobat Itamar Moses has turned his gifts in on themselves. A sincere and mature depiction of a friendship." - Variety, Read More

"A smart, sharply observed, and exceptionally enjoyable affair. 90 minutes of humor and painful truths that really zip along." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

"Clever and smart, and suggests that Moses will be displaying a big range as his career unfolds." - San Diego Union-Tribune, Read More 

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  • Itamar Moses on The Four of Us
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Several locations over the course of the friends' lives.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m

DAVID - an aspiring playwright.
BENJAMIN - a newly successful novelist.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

Characters appear between the ages of seventeen and twenty-seven, although not in that order.

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Authors

Itamar Moses

Itamar Moses is the author of the full-length plays OUTRAGE, BACH AT LEIPZIG, CELEBRITY ROW, THE FOUR OF US, YELLOWJACKETS, BACK BACK BACK, COMPLETENESS, and THE WHISTLEBLOWER, the musicals NOBODY LOVES YOU (with Gaby Alter), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (with Michael Friedman), and THE BAND’S VISIT (with David Yazbek), and th ...

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The Four of Us was first presented by the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA, in 2007. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 2008. Both productions were directed by Pam MacKinnon.

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